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10 Things About Halloween Time at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure That Will Make You Want To Go

Update: Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure remain closed for Halloween 2020.

Is Halloween one of your favorite holidays? Then we predict you will enjoy visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for Halloween. They know how to do it.

We love Halloween here at MomsLA, so we like to share all the fun ways to celebrate all around Southern California.  We hope you enjoy this “spooky” list of ten things to look for when you visit Disneyland.

Halloween Decorations in Disneyland

Classic characters carved as pumpkins greet you from atop the entrance gates, and welcome you to a special time of year at the park. Once inside, you’ll see Main Street fully decorated for a pumpkin festival, including a giant Mickey Jack-o’-lantern who happily poses for photos with you, day or night.

giant Mickey Jack-o'-lantern in Disneyland lit up at night

Halloween Decorations in Carsland in Disney California Adventure

The residents of Carsland have gone all-out to decorate for Halloween, which makes some kids question how cars can decorate without opposable thumbs? But we’ll leave that questions alone for now.

road cone jack-o'-lantern at Carsland in Disney California Adventure

Mickey Mouse Candy Apples

These candy apples taste as good as they look, and it was a treat to watch one get made. Plus, can you stand how cute the marshmallow ears are?

Candy apples at Disneyland

Halloween Baked Goods (Plus Churros)

We recently discovered @DisneyHungry on Instagram, and we used her recommendations to eat our way around the parks. She’s amazing! The baked goods for the season are quite tasty, and they seem to come up with dozens of seasonal flavors for churros every year!

Characters in Costume

Lightning McQueen was wearing a cape, and Mater was dressed as a Vampire, always ready to pose for photos and make someone’s day. Even Mickey and Minnie Mouse got dressed up, but we still managed to recognize them!

Mater in vampire costume in Carsland at Disney California Adventure

Halloween Tree

Disneyland has an official Halloween Tree, did you know that?

The official Halloween tree at Disneyland

Special Effects Show: Halloween Screams

Enjoy the supernatural nighttime projection and special effects show “Halloween Screams” on select nights, with Master of “Scare-omonies,” Jack Skellington.

Día de los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead

Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure set up altars in honor of Día de los Muertos. In Carsland, Ramon is painted to look like a stylish calavera, while in Disneyalnd, there’s an area devoted to the special celebration of the ancestors.

Ramon painted as a calavera for Day of the dead in Carsland Disney California Advnture

Halloween Merch

The Disney company is masterful at creating merchandise we all want to buy, and the Halloween season means there are even more items to choose from. From costumes, to T-shirts, to Trick-or-Treat buckets, even this light-up Trick or Treat necklace.

Halloween trick or treat bucket shaped like Mickey mouse and light up necklace from Disneyland

Oogie Boogie Bash

This special, ticketed-event happens every year at this time, on select nights – and sells out every Summer. There are no plans now to add extra dates, so if you want to attend next year, mark your calendars for August, and start scouring their website to get tickets.

No matter which of these 10 things you think are the best things about Halloween Time at Disneyland, we hope you get to enjoy the season!

Headless horseman at Disney California Adventure

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Sarah Auerswald is the co-founder of She was hosted by Disneyland for this article.

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